Peer Review: Essay #3

Readings:

Your partners' essays. Read them at least twice before beginning work on the following.

Students in section C15 (Draney) click here for peer groups.
Students in section C16 (also Draney) click here for groups.

Due:

Part 1:
Upload your draft to Comment no later than 9PM, Tuesday, December 5, 2006 .

Part 2:
Complete the peer review according to the instructions below no later than 9PM, Friday, December 8, 2006.

Submit to:

the collaboration tool Comment.

Click here for some help getting started with Comment.

Click here for a MS Word file containing the Student Quickstart Manual for Comment.

Length:

see below

Details:

After you upload your paper you will find that you've been placed into a group of several of your peers. You should complete reviews of at least two (2) of your peers' papers from that group. The groups may range in size from 3 to 6 students in each group. Contact your instructor if your particular situation does not seem to fit this information.

Peer Review Questions

You and your partners will derive the most benefit from this exercise if you read their essays at least twice before completing the following. Give thoughtful, helpful responses to each question. Thoughtful, helpful questions go beyond (way beyond) “good job,” or “I though it was great.” Even if you think your partner’s essay is very good, explain in some detail why you think so. Give good reasons for how you answer here.
You have been paired with two other members of the class (see below). Your task is to read each essay at least twice, and respond to the following questions in significant detail.
  1. What is the central question at issue in this essay?

  2. What is the general thesis statement for the entire essay? (Write your response in the form of an idea followed by the main reason why the author claims that idea should be valid). Using the Comment tools, mark the sentence or sentences you believe to be the general thesis statement.

  3. What are the three best ideas offered by your partner in his/her essay? (Using Comment, mark them.) What makes them useful for you to consider? What has the author done to enhance the success of their reception by you as a reader?

  4. What are the two ideas or paragraphs most in need of further rethinking and attention?(Using Comment, mark them.) Why? What recommendations can you offer for improving on the ideas you have noted here?

  5. Writers promise to do something (though often this promise is implicit). What has this writer promised to do? Has the promise been kept? If not, where & how does he or she fail to do this?

  6. To what degree has your partner successfully mixed direct quotation and paraphrases, depending upon the need to quote more directly or the opportunity to rephrase a source's ideas and comments as appropriate to the discussion at hand? Give an example of a direct quotation used to support one of your partner's claims successfully, and a separate example of a paraphrase used in a successful manner. Using Comment, mark them.

  7. Does your partner's use of quotations from sources ever become excessive — either the quotations are too long, there are too many from the same source (and/or from the same page of the same source), or you lose track of the overall argument because of all the quotations? If this happens, note where.

 

Link to Comment site:

http://comment.bedfordstmartins.com/CommentNB/

 

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